Southland porn industry on hold as adult film star contracts HIV

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An empty condom package rests on a table during the shooting of a porn scene for the adult film production company Vivid, 18 May 2004, on the set in Canoga Park, California, about 40 miles west of Los Angeles.

Adult films in Southern California will be suspended as a trade organization looks into an porn actor's recent contraction of HIV, it was reported Monday.

Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that her group became aware of the HIV case Saturday.

Duke declined to release the performer's name, age or gender. She also declined to tell the Times how her group learned of the case.

According to Duke, the case was found in an out-of-state clinic that doesn't report to California state officials. Duke says the performer is being retested to confirm the HIV.

Earlier this year California workplace safety officials drafted rules to require porn performers to use condoms and other barriers in sex scenes to prevent being infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Supporters have said events like the recent contraction of HIV by the porn actor could have been avoided. Opponents say condom use would drive the industry out of business.

The group is working to identify others who had sex with the performer.

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